…Or, upon reflection, perhaps not so funny.
I just discovered that I am a heretic. On my way to Hell, no less.
It sure made my day to read THAT.
This sorry saga began simply enough. As you probably know, this blogsite / website is relatively new. So out of curiosity, I googled my name in order to see if the good folks at the world’s leading search engine had yet to discover http://deweybertolini.com. And if so, where on the list of hits did it fall?
The good news is that not only has Google discovered it, but deweybertolini.com is the first site to come up, resting prestigiously at #1, the first link on the very top of their list. Yeah for me.
The not-so-good news? #2 on Goggle’s list is a link to an article, the title of which reads, “Dewey Bertolini, A False Teacher in Oregon.”
Once again, my curiosity got the better of me (Curiosity did kill the cat, don’t ya know?) and I clicked on the link. “And what to my wondering eyes should appear?” Well, read for yourself:
“Pursue . . . holiness, without which no one will see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:14)
“Dewey Bertolini is not holy (set apart), thus he will not see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14). He is on the same broad way (Matthew 7:13) we describe in our Saved Not! article. He’s a false teacher within ‘evangelical’ false Christianity, as is illustrated by the flattering quotes given to him by false teachers Josh McDowell and John MacArthur on his church bio page.
“On Bertolini’s amazon bio page it reads, ‘Dewey…speaks annually to thousands of young people and adults at camps and conference centers throughout this great country of ours. In addition to his books, Dewey has also authored numerous articles, taught the Bible on both the college and seminary levels, trained pastors and youth pastors, led fourteen study tours to Israel and the Middle East, and has been featured on such broadcasts as Focus on the Family and the 700 Club.’
“Most caught in the false Christian world of evangelical “Christianity” are blind to the condemning words above. Suffice it to say, Focus on the Family and the 700 Club would have nothing to do with Dewey, if he was a man of Truth (John 3:20). But, he is a worker of darkness (Ephesians 5:11). Therefore, they feature him as someone to listen to, because they are of the same spirit, the spirit of error (1 John 4:6), in which false doctrine reigns (Revelation 22:15).
“Sadly, most are blind (2 Corinthians 4:4) to the abundant false doctrine, false gospels, and false Christs that are preached within the ‘Christian’ world.” Ouch.
Well, I guess I’ll take a some measure of comfort in the endorsements of the likes of Josh McDowell, John MacArthur, James Dobson, and the 700 Club, as opposed to the evaluation of the writer of this article (who is certainly entitled to his opinion).
But more importantly, MOST importantly, I take enormous comfort in the fact that whenever I teach, every time I teach, I labor diligently over every word in order to insure that to the very best of my ability I can present myself “to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).
I’ll be the first to admit that I do not always get the passage right. But I will also hasten to add that no one takes the responsibility of preaching and teaching God’s Word more seriously than I — a statement that has defined my life and my ministry for well-over 40 years.
Ultimately, it’s not the judgment of the #2 listing in response to a “Dewey Bertolini” Google search that matters. All that matters is the judgment of Almighty God. A judgment that I will readily accept for everything I teach.